Gateway to Heaven

The Gateway of India was built in 1913 (completed in 1927) by architect George Wittet. Originally, it was a make-shift iron shed intended to signal British ships that they’d arrived in Mumbai harbor. The structure was later replaced with the permanent structure in 1911 in honor of King George V and Queen Victoria’s visit to the city. After their departure, the governor insisted it become a permanent stone structure. It’s built of yellow basalt stone. Although not as impressive as the Taj Mahal in Agra to the north, the Gateway is really a remarkable structure. It’s an interesting blend of sixteenth century Gujarati architecture,  elements of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, and a touch of Moorish influences.

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